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higher than irene in new york harbor. >> wow. >> irene didn't make flooding. but if you take irene and add four more feet to the top of that surge, you're well over battery park. you're well up above the seawalls on both the east river and the hudson. then you think about the other side. you think about hoboken, you could get water 12 feet higher than normal. what would that do to the property? what would that do to rthe refineries over there. >> it's been hugging the east coast for a while. are we talking about the del marvo area, is it east of that, or is that the quandary here. >> that's the $60 million question. we know this storm is still going straight. it is not forecast to continue straight. it will turn west and hit the u.s. if it turns quickly it will hit the del marvo and truly affect washington, d.c. with a significant bigger punch than is forecast now. >> with hardly any drainage. >> you push that water up to chesapeake and all of a sudden you have a significant basin that will take water and it will go up quickly. that's not the forecast. if it goes up north, it takes
advisory on hurrican irene. we want to go to rob marciano who will tell us what this latest advisory is about. >> it's frightening, up to 85-mile-an-hour wind now. there's a possibility from reading some nuggets from the national hurricane center that it could strengthen some more. we knew we had that possibility. still over the gulf stream where waters are still warm enough to sustain a hurricane. also getting into an environment where it favored strengthening. that's what we've seen. here it is in the satellite picture. 85-mile-an-hour winds. that's a moderate strength category one storm with possible strengthening as we go through time. about 380 miles south of new york city it's movement has picked up northerly about 15 miles an hour and we still expect that turn toward the west later on. this is huge. reading some technical stuff, the tropical storm force winds, diameter nearly 800 miles wide. that is huge. the second largest tropical system we've seen in the last few decades. hurricane force winds extend 150 miles out. the amount of damaging winds is about 350 to 400 m
irene. it was a tropical storm, warm and it was just water. we may get the wind here. we may get some property damage and people here are bracing for some power outages. so that's about it for now. we're fortunate. for irene we actually had a tornado, haven't had anything like that in terms of property damage. lots of flooding that we've shown you. you showed the viewers footage from dewey beach, lots of that type flooding throughout the area because of all the water in coastal delaware, over 50,000 people ordered out, evacuations. it's a lot more than that now because a lot of people have left on their own. >> we'd like to see bruce a bit closer in. >> someone was giving him grief for being in a shelter earlier. we won't do that ever again. we also saw pictures out of atlantic city where the storm actually went ashore. you have entire sections of the boardwalk atlantic city washed out to the ocean, haven't seen anything like that. >> it's a powerful storm. we always tell crews in the field on days like this safety is their top priority. here's why. cbs' chip reid is in ocean city cov
irene which do cause some minor flooding in this area. they're concerned this could cause major flooding. there was a study out of columbia university that said had hurricane irene been one foot worse it could have caused an additional $50 billion in damage. the fear here is that if the water comes up over this seawall, which is right here next to me, it could flood the subway tunnels, even the electrical grid here. mayor michael bloomberg said he's considering shutting down two electrical networks in lower manhattan. that would shut down power to some 17,000 people but it could quickly get much, much higher than that. as the day continues we're expecting this storm surge to grow. high tide is about 8:50 tonight. there's a full moon so it's an even higher tide than usual. if that storm surge of six to eleven feet hits right at that bad moment, that is what concerns them most, soledad. >> of course, john, it's cold! usually when we cover these hurricanes it's much warmer. but if they lose power, as many people are predicting, 10 million people up along the east coast could lose power, you
you can see the trees. hurricane irene they lost enough trees. $22,000 worth of trees fell down. this storm expected to be much tougher, more devastating than hurricane irene. look at this. that's a scaffold around an art project. new york city is full of scaffolding like that. things that we are watching today. want to head it over now to "cnn newsroom." newsroom." they're up next. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning to you. i sure hope you're keeping dry somewhere. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us. we begin this morning with hurricane sandy, within hours expected to explode into this superstorm. most of us have never season anything like it in our lifetime. already huge, tropical storm force winds spanning a width of nearly 1,000 mimes. it's aiming at the heart of the east coast, the most heavily populated corridor in the country. 50 million people are expected to feel the effects. hundreds of thousands are now under evacuation orders. fema predicts damage costs of about $3 billion just for wind damage alone. heavy rains or snow, storm
beach have been ordered out to sea to ride out the storm. last year, hurricane irene caused the loss of power for more than six million households in the mid-atlantic and the northeastern u.s. forecasters say sandy could leave even more in dark. today, millions of people like robin ledbetter are nervously calculating their chances how likely do you think it is that you're going to need this generator? >> um, i-- like maybe 50%. >> reporter: just north of here, the governor of delaware has ordered a mandatory evacuation of many coastal areas. north of that, on the coast of new jersey, is elaine quijano. elaine. >> reporter: well, chip, this storm could make landfall somewhere between delaware bay and long island sound monday night into tuesday morning, but here in new jersey, the governor has already declared a state of emergency and the weather conditions are expected to begin deteriorating here tonight. >> i'm taking it seriously. >> reporter: james bradley said in 25 years here in point pleasant beach, he'd only boarded up once. now he's doing it again. >> it's reality first time a
bad trouble. >> reporter: last year during tropical storm irene the waters came within less than a foot from topping the flood walls. now sandy's storm surge is predicted to be even stronger. since irene failed to do the damage here in new york city that many experts predicted. some people like this family who live in the evacuation zone are refusing to heed the warnings for sandy. >> diapers, water, just, you know hoping to make the best of it. >> reporter: there are long lines at the supermarket. >> madhouse today. >> reporter: the streets are crackling with an upbeat preapocalyptic vibe. >> new yorker, what are you going to do? we are a new yorker. >> hard not to enjoy her spirit. the new york stock exchange will be closed. they're worried about keeping the power on all day long. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> it's lick thke that, new yor. keep on trucking. my drugstore was empty. our extreme weather team watching the maps and computer models overnight. >> meteorologist jim dickey joining us this morning with the very latest. what do you have, jim? >> well, sandy continues
at the outer point yacht club, after past storms like irene isabelle and agnus, many learned the hard way to prepare for the worst. >> it could have high winds for two days, and potentially higher than normal tides. it's low down to where we were on the beach, the beach stuff, we took everything up the hill and on the trailer, stick it in the garage, and when it goes by we truck it back out. >> reporter: the county has people on stands by. along with swift water rescue crews, if and when flooding occurs. that is expected. also, power outages are expected but they are out of their control. asking you to do simple things. have flashlights and have fresh batteries and at least three days worth of fresh drinking water, for each person in your household, then you will be better prepared, should and when the lights go off. jeff hager, abc2 news. >>> flooding from hurricane sandy is a big concern down in annapolis. don harrison tells us what the capitol is doing get ready for sandy. >> hurricane sandy, is on the way. >> the mayor and his emergency management team are checking everything being th
, when hurricane irene came through and the flooding that i've seen down to my left here, going out underneath the boardwalk, out on the streets where all the homes are on long beach is already much, much worse than irene. further left, because of the conditions here and the camera angle, you can't see it. but there is a lifeguard station that last year 14 months ago in irene was swept off its foundation. it's done it again. the authorities have been appealing to people all day to get out. get out of long beach a get across the bridge. >> bret: stay safe. we will head further south and correspondent steve harrigan is in ocean city, maryland. good evening, steve. >> good evening, bret. hurricane force winds here cracking over the seawall. 15 to 20-foot waves. part of the pier has been destroyed by the waves. the governor making a forceful statement saying stay in your house. this storm is going to kill people. we want to limit the loss of life. stay in the house. as many as 30,000 people now without power. as the conditions are likely to continue to get worse throughout the night. br
the area was devastated last year during hurricane irene. they have many areas closed including highway 12, which goes through the outer banks on to the cape hatteras national seashore. and the bonner bridge is closed. the surf is very strong. water getting all the way to appear. the sea ranch resort at among the areas affected. we are getting pictures from wtop. they have a reporter where more than 200 flights are closed. the southwest terminal they have the monitors wrapped up in plastic in augenstwein. we will have an update a little later on. back to you. >> thank you. we will check back with you shortly for the latest. it4:>> coming up, we will talk with a spokesperson for metro [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. busay i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fo it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ female announcer ] what would you call an ordinary breakfast
learned from last year's hurricane irene. here's the local mayor. all right, well, we talked to the local mayor earlier and they are prepared under 24-hour operations here trying to keep the lines of communication open with residents here who chose not to evacuate as well as keeping up-to-date with everything going on in terms of emergency responses and any type of damage that may come because of hurricane sandy, don and chad. >> sandy, standby. we have chad myers here again. sandy, you can play along in this as well. so we have sandra, chad is in ocean city, maryland, 200 miles north of georgia. georgia is getting pelted at this point. how long before sandy starts to feel what he's feeling? >> there are arms on this storm. they are almost like you see a picture of the hurricane with spiral bands. that's what we have with the storm. let me walk over here to describe what you're going to look at for the next 36 hours. i want you to know when you see it what you're seeing. there's the center of the storm right there, don. wherever there's color, that's where it is storming. that's where it
after hurricane irene which left people without power in that state for days. martha. martha: we'll find out what lessons were learned from irene at the same time as this last year. so many places out of power for so many days. we'll see whether or not we're in better shape this time around. airports across the northeast have been brought to a virtual stand still. that is causing a ripple effect for travelers around the country. airports across the new york city area are open. but carriers canceled 7600 flights. basically you're not going anywhere in and out of this area today and down to d.c. as well in many cases. some airlines added flights out of the northeast. so they can move their planes off the ground and out of the storm's path to other areas around the country. all of this adds to the travel nightmare and indeed amtrak as well is suspending their train service across the region. so folks, where you are is where you're going to sty for the time-being. the storm is shutting down the new york stock exchange. the last time that happened was almost 30 years ago. during hurricane glo
unprecedented proportions. to put things in perspective. hurricane irene which you can see her on the right caused nearly $16 billion in damage and take a look at sandy in comparison. with sandy expected to linger over the northeast for days one can only imagine if the difference in size will reflect the difference in damage. we'll have the latest on the storm track and its strength in one minute. rick? >> reporter: the winds have picked up even more from last hour. steady now in the 40s and 50s with gusts but feel like over 0 miles per hour. i can't even read the wind gauge or turn into the rain because rain and sand is pelting us it many pretty painful. we are just after low tide. so the surf i'll it's rough is not encroaching on the boardwalk at this point and ocean avenue is still relatively dry. but other roads in the community are under water and many other roads across the state of new jersey are hazardous. the garden state parkway has been closed from exit 63 south to cape may. that's a major highway in new jersey shut down because of flooding in both directions. in fact atlantic ci
manhattan shattering the previous record that because set by eileen whic irene which folks thought was pretty bad 14 months ago. sandy was nearly 1600 miles when it caught up with the winter storm in diameter and created very dangerous seas over a stretch of the atlant atlantic nearly 1600 miles in diameter. it has been a devastating storm. we are waiting right now for an update from the new york city mayor michael bloomberg on all of this. you've seen our reporters have been out there this morning and been devastating.us the damage that the scene where mayor bloomberg will be moments away. look at these pictures, it literally rushed into the shoreline of new jersey last night. 80-mile an hour wind there, pushed a wall of water inland -frbgs looking a -- look at the flooding in these areas. this shows us the true scope but it's yet to be completely understood. we start this with a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm martha maccallum. >> i'm bill hemmer. good morning again we are live in the battleground state, columbus, ohio today. the mayor again briefs in a matter of mome
to clear but also to get, for example, the power companies back in. >> reporter: during hurricane irene last year, about 6 million homes lost electricity. this researcher plugged in all the information into a new program, and he believes this will be worse. >> our estimate at this point is 10 million. it could be higher. it could be lower. >> reporter: 10 million or more without power for a week to ten days, which is why this wisconsin company has added extra shifts, trying to build as many portable generators as quickly as possible. officials worry that residents might misuse some of those generators, putting them indoors, or stringing extension cords dangerously. many seem to be heeding the warnings, checking off their lists of preparedness, batteries, water, nonperishable food. >> i'm nervous about losing power. i'm nervous about the storm. >> reporter: some of the best advice from officials, if a tree takes down one of your power lines, leave the power line alone. leave the tree limb alone as well. let the power company take care of it. david kerley, abc news, rehoboth beach, delawa
before hurricane irene, chris christie told people in no uncertain terms and i will quote him here, get the hell outfit beach. my question to you, are people heeding his message to get out and get to safer ground? >> reporter: you know, they are. and you may remember, he caught some criticism for using those strong words last year after what people along the immediate jersey shore felt was an overreaction. certainly after irene's disaster, turned out to be a wise choice, especially for those living along the immediately shoreline. here in asbury park and up and down the northern coastline of new jersey, they have certainly heeded his warning. here's a look at the surf that continues to pour in. the tide is actually receding now. but i've only seen it go down maybe five, ten feet in the last 20 minutes because the actual surge continues to push water over what should be dry, sandy beach here. but obviously that's not the case. so i think throughout the afternoon, even though the tide is going down, we're going to see it hold where it is. and when high tide comes again later on tonight ar
irene. keep in mind we are still high -- i lost track of what time it is but high tide is not until 7:30 and the wind keeps on increasing. the tide's coming n. we've got more and more rain so all this water is just going to get so much worse and especially when you think that we are only at the very, very beginning of this storm. we still have at least 36 hours to go here in rehoboth beach with hurricane sandy. and this has been going on since yesterday at around 4:00 in the afternoon. that's when we first started to really feel wow, that is probably the first big gust that i felt since we've been out here. we've been seeing really sustained winds that have been increasing throughout the night. but really within the last half- hour or so is when we first started to feel these huge gusts just coming in from the beach. we've got wave heights of about well over 20 feet now off the shore and it's just going to keep on getting worse. yesterday i talked with the governor of delaware. he was saying that already yesterday afternoon it was looking so much worse then that it was at the peak of
to prevent any glass from shattering. we have seen a lot of tape on the glass. they had irene hurricane isabel in 2003. anytime there is a big storm coming through this area, you check right here. to give you an idea of what businesses have done, you see that they have taken off the glass. not a mandatory evacuation. they are calling on merchants to move from the area today. you have the bay bridge. many of the anne arundel county officials are advising people to stay off the streets. it is early in the morning, but we have not seen any traffic. >> thanks very much. a lot of people traveling today. we talked about the airport staying open with limited flights. >> we have christina joining us from amtrak early this morning. >> good morning. >> i understand that the northeast corridor service is completely cancelled? >> that is correct. for all trains in the northeast corridor are cancelled. >> what is the prediction as we move forward? looking ahead, doesn't look like there is any likelihood of service be restored for tomorrow or wednesday? >> we do not have an estimate for service rest
irene, which hit last august in the same area. but by any measure, this storm, seemingly crushed irene. there really is no comparison, right? >> there's no comparison. i guess you could say, this is kind of like new york city's katrina. just devastating impacts here. this historic surge, 13 feet. all of that water coming on and those high wind gusts. worst-case scenario did pan out here, unfortunately. >> all right. mark mancuso, from accuweather. thanks for joining us this morning, mark. >>> straight ahead, more of our continuing coverage of sandy. the airlines trying to get back to normalcy. and what the red cross is doing to help out. >>> plus, more incredible video from across the storm zone, including rescues that didn't have to happen. we'll be right back. new pink lemonade 5-hour energy? 5-hour energy supports the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. >>> welcome back, everyone. 5 million people take the new york city subways every day. and this morning, the entire system is shut down. seven subway tunnels under the east river are flooded. and the electricity that pow
is fells point that we saw with isabel and irene. sherrieionson is live. >> reporter: -- sherrie johnson is live with more. >> reporter: people are not taking any chances. they are taking full advantage of this huge pile of sand that you see right here. you know they are bracing for hurricane sandy. and fells point is no stranger to flooding. they have experienced problems with other storms in the past and on friday and saturday, many people loaded up on sandbags to help protect homes and businesses in the area from flooding. the city dumped a pile of sandbags at the broadway pier. city workers gav away 6 backs -- gav away 6 backs -- gave away 6 bags per person. the mayor wants people to be ready because of the magnitude of the storm. there are three sandbag centers opened to the public. a number of businesses in the area, we walked up and down the street and a number of businesses have sandbags in front of the store windows and front doors trying to protect themselves from heavy flooding. so people in fells point are taking major precautions here trying to protect themselves and bracing
yesterday. it's important to have as many in place before the storm swept in. we learned that from irene. we have about 1300 dedicated men and women right now for the restoration. that does not include those working on secondary, such as myself, people working 24-7. customer service, outside and inside, we are working in preparation for a storm. >> power outages are such a sensitive subject in this area, especially after the derecho. how will the response be different this time? >> it will be different because it started with communication. we sent out automated calls last week. we told our customers that it would be a long duration event. we told our customers better would be the potential for extended period of power lost throughout the metro area. we told our customers last week that it was critical clabber preparation plant, and emergency preparedness plan for their family. and for businesses as well as residential parentso we have tried to be more transparent and communicate with our customers. that way people have an expectation of what to expect and can make plans accordingly. >> than
because the last time we had a big hurricane was irene and it was blown out of proportion as well. this one may be a little stronger but. >> irene i'll tell you what did a lot of damage in different places and the reality here -- thanks a lot, folks, the reality here is that a little bit of waiverring can make a huge, huge difference and you can see as time goes on, it can also make a big difference. you can come over and look at the patomic and rock creek is high and as that water comes down out of the mountains, there is serious potential for flooding. let's take it back to you. >>> bruce live in foggy bottom. found himself company, folks that tend to think the hurricane is over blown, fact is, if you look up the street in some of the neighbors and farther up the road in new york city, they will tell you this was not over blown and a complete disaster. >> thank you. we'll check in with topper but this thing is speeding up and making landfall there near atlantic city and then going inward toward philadelphia, toward new york city and causing terrible damage. we really did lu
as washington state. >> memories of hurricane irene the left billions in damage to have people determined not to get caught off guard. virginia and maryland the party declared states of emergency. people are being told to prepare for the worst. >> governor o'malley has already signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in maryland. it gives the state flexibility and calling up the maryland national guard. local jurisdictions have been in planning meetings all day. >> storm preparedness starts at home. this san derrin, for example, is for fell's point residents -- this sand dune, for example, is for fell's point residents. hurricane sandy, the super storm, it has lots of names, but one devastating consequence depending on which path it takes. >> we still do not know what the storm is going to do. we know that it is coming to baltimore county. >> the concern that we have about this particular event is the duration of it which would continue through thursday. >> the baltimore county emergency operations center opens sunday. emergency equipment have been inspected. officials wil
a blustery, nasty day. >> before this made landfall, this storm seemingly crushed irene. there really is no comparison, right? >> there's no comparison. i guess you could say, this is kind of like new york city's katrina. just devastating impacts here. this historic surge, 13 feet, all that water coming on in and the high wind gusts. worst-case scenario did pan out here unfortunately. >> all right. mark mann cue sew from accuweather. the airlines trying to get back to normalcy and what the red cau cross is doing to help out. >> plus more incredible rescues that didn't have to happen. we'll be right back. en. we'll be right back. >> announcer: "america this morning" brought to you by 5 hour energy. 5-hour energy supports the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. so i can get the energized feeling i need and support a great cause? i'm sold. pink lemonade 5-hour energy? yeah and a portion of every sale goes to the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. i'm sold. new pink lemonade 5-hour energy. get the alert, energized feeling you need and support breast cancer resea
through that we might know? >> exactly. it was very similar to hurricane irene last summer where the winds expanded several hundred miles out from the center of the storm. in a typical hurricane, most of the strong winds are near the core of the hurricane. in this case, obviously the strong winds were hundreds and hundreds of miles out from the center. that is very similar to hurricane irene last year. >> greta: do you fly straight through it? i imagine it's a rough ride and when you get to the eye of the storm it's calm. is that not what happens? >> well, we fly at 10,000 feet, and the idea is to go right through the center of the hurricane so you can measure the core of the storm, and then also measure the winds on the periphery of the storm, so it normally gets very rough right near the center and then typically out away from the center when the winds lighten up, it's not so bad any more, and in this case, for hurricane irene, at least on friday, the strong winds were well out from the center, and we had some really nasty stuff to go through on the north side of the storm, probably 105,
through the potomac highlands. very dangerous storm situation here. it is expected to be worse than irene was. please, i'm going to beg our viewers, take this very seriously. >> all right, again, keep updating throughout the day and throughout the week, gwen. thank you very much. >>> well, also, virginia on the mind of many folks. flooding is expected in many parts there. we go to the phone to governor bob macdonald. thank you for joining us, governor. >> thanks, melanie. appreciate you having us on so we can talk to the viewers about getting ready for the storm. >> and so what are you bracing for in virginia right now? >> well, the biggest threats are the sustained, sustained combination of wind, rain that causes downed power lines. we're expecting sustained winds of 50, 60 mile-an-hour near the coast with 8 to 10 inches of rain. and you do that from sunday to wednesday and you're looking at downed trees and power outages. and that's our biggest concern. then follow that by cold as opposed to the heat we've had with other hurricanes. we just want to have people be prepared, take all the
to this storm after hurricane erin green. -- hurricane irene. this is an island. it is very vulnerable to flooding. that has been known for some time. need some sort of coastal defenses. >> thank you very much. for the last 24 hours, images have been coming in of the sheer strength left by sandy. here are a few photographs that capture these images. ♪ ♪ >> the extraordinary images of new york city, a city that all of us know so well, but it looks very different today. that brings the program to a close. i'm kathy kaye. thank you for watching. i will see you tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding for this presentation was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers use their expertise in global finance to guide you through the business strategies and opportunities of international commerce. we put our extended global network to work for a wide range of companies, from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for
? >> well, charlie, it's a major disaster in new jersey. and, you know i've gone through irene, the october snow storm, the blizzard in 2010. this is, by far, the worst thing we've gone through. we have 2.4 million people or households, rather without power, over 200 state roads closed. it wasn't actually a levee. it was a berm and the berm was overwhelmed by the tidal surge that came up the raritan bay. we are in the process of rescue rescuing people from moonachie, in middlesex county rescuing people from their homes not from river flooding but tidal surge from the bays. not even to mention what's happened on the jersey coastline, which i think in the long run will be the part of the state that's the most devastate ed ed. you saw the scenes yesterday from up and down our coast. new jersey, obviously, this is where it came onshore. i think the state of new jersey took it in the neck worse than any other state. it's going to take us a while to dig out from under it but we will dig out from under it. >> many people waking up now to all the damage. can you calculate how mu
lucked out with irene, and i don't know, this may be worse. >> the time to prepare is over, and now it is time to stay inside and hundred down. record predicting flooding and power outages that could last for up to two weeks. >> official from the better business bureau said that i.t. is a good idea to gather your important documents in case your home is damaged by the storm hit they recommend compiling an emergency document packet, including your social security card, your birth of the ticket, your passport, and contact information, will, as well as insurance cards, health records, pet information, and property and court documents. we will have another check of conditions around the state when we come back. >> we will let you know what you can expect over the next 24 hours, step by step. >> we have good and bad news this morning. the bad news is that the storm got stronger overnight. the good news is that it is passed parallel with the mouth of the chesapeake bay, so we will not get the worst case scenario. the storm is on the left-hand side of your screen, that big white swirl of s
responder during hurricane irene. >> on saturday, gov. christie declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the devastating weather hurricane sandy is expected to bring. >> the tsunami warning ny has been downgraded to advisory. it appears it has -- it appears hawaii has escaped serious damage. -- the tsunami warning in hawaii has been downgraded to an advisory. the waves were smaller than predicted. no major damage was reported. tune into wbal at 9:00 tonight for conditions and emergency response. we will continue the coverage following sunday night football for an early morning updates, we're scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m.. coming up, we will update you on the status of hurricane sandy. so anyway, i've been to a lot of places. you know, i've helped a lot of people save a lot of money. but today...( sfx: loud noise of metal object hitting the ground) things have been a little strange. (sfx: sound of piano smashing) roadrunner: meep meep. meep meep? (sfx: loud thud sound) what a strange place. geico®. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insuran
for irene. we decided to board it up there. there was no damage. there is a thousand dollar deductible on the windows if they break. it is $200 to board them up. this seemed to be the best thing do again. >> reporter: local handyman says he has five stores on his to do list today. >> windier the better. bring the wind and rain. >> reporter: decent payday thanks to sandy. >> we love helping people. >> reporter: we ain't scared of sandy, my personal theme the vodka is safe. all businesses in this area were ordered closed as of 6:00. delaware's governor says a positive attitude is nice. staying safe is better. >> delaware is a resilient place. we have seen storms before. if you listen to the experts with every passing minute they are confident this is going to be bad and we are not going to be spared the worse of it. >> for tonight the worse could be coming. high tide is expected to be at 7:32. within 40 minutes it is going to be a tide that will get here. it is already passed over the entire beach up to the dune barrier that keeps the ocean away from the board walk here. you mentioned ro
: of course you remember the frustration surrounding irene, the executive addressed that today, he has received ainsurances that the -- assurances from bge that they will receive notices. the county has to bring in the crews to cut down the trees to get the limbs out of the way before the crews can come in to fix the lines. this time around, they should be better prepared as well. reporting live in baltimore town can county, jeff hager, abc2 news. >> if you are a boater, you are always keeping an eye on the weather. crews are getting the harbor ready to ride out the storm. >> reporter: when a town is centered around the city dock, the problems that storms bring are nothing new. >> we are preparing for the worst as we always do, and hoping for the best. the harbor master for annapolis. the rain is is not is what concerns him the most, it's the wind. >> coastal flooding, that is driven by southeasterly winds preventing the bay from draining. we are traveling down, heading south for the winter, spend time in the bahamas. >> reporter: that was the plan for ray and his friends when sandy
. my mom was down there. she said the tides were well above average, right there with irene. we have bigger waves. there it is, ocean city pier. it's gone. just the remaining two thirds of the oc pier, rainy, windy kind of a day, delaware, kent island. higher than normal on the bay because of that rising effect from really the full moon cycle and all the runoff from sandy. 42 at the airport, cold. the cold continues to spin. we continue to see the last effects of the storm drifting north but tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, breezy. i think we're dry by thursday. the cold air will keep funneling in. as we take one last look at it, less and less extinct. bring the big winds to the bay and bringing snows to the mountains and could, in fact, as a parting gift, bring a few wet flakes to the baltimore area. we're down to 36. it's going to be a cold night. 54 tomorrow. chilly, breezy. tomorrow night cool and dry. here's the outlook. the next few days sunshine will be the story into the middle of next weekend. we'll look for low 50s with lots of sun. on the whole, not a bad deal at all. >>> n
. >> it's a big storm. we have faced that with irene a little bit and because of the size and projected magnitude, it's questionable about where it's going to be and how big it really will building. >> this particular time we have no plans to evacuate ocean city. we have to make decisions with regard to our resident and visitors. we're certainly be prepared to -- we'll certainly be prepared to do. so. >> reporter: if you have plans to be up in rehoboth in delaware for the sea witch festival which attracts as many as 30,000 people, where he -- rehoboth is not cancelling any of that. live in ocean city, i'm scott broom, 9 news now. >>> officials are closing asoteaque state island and park. vehicles will not be permitted after 7 p.m. the closures will last at least through tuesday as that storm coming in. >>> hurricane sandy having an impact on the race for president already. republican challenger mitt romney canceled an appearance for sunday in virginia beach because of concerns about that storm. sandy is kicking up waves and dumping rain on florida already and while the timing could ha
and wind. again, the big rain still coming down. flood warnings still statewide. irene we got over 10 rough result the coastal concerns will be not just tonight, on the eastern shore. the chesapeake bay flooding will continue tomorrow as winds will turn southwest and tomorrow we'll be watching the bay carefully, too. back to you. >> boy, joce sterman out at bwi got a taste of the storm. look that the that. >> reporter: things have really picked up here at bwi, the bge staging headquarters. they are wrapping things up. because of the the dwindling, deteriorating conditions at this point, they will take the workers that are left and bust them out to area hotels. each one is designated to go to a different hotel. at this point the staging hear for bge has become -- area for bge has become very, very minimally active. the rest of them -- the most of them have moved on to other locations as the wind intensifies quite a bit. they are planning at this point to shut down all four staging areas when they think the weather will be better. they have these four locations scattered around the baltimore
. >> the fear is it's going to be worse than irene. >> tonight full reports from up and down the east coast. >> it's only a matter of time as this system gets closer. >> governor martin o'malley over the battering in baltimore. and ted strickland on what the storm means for the political storm in ohio. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. sandy is expected to make landfall at this hour on the coast of new jersey. the storm is now a post tropical cyclo cyclone. the path on the northeast corridor has been slow and moving very wide. hundreds of thousands of people in coastal areas have been evacuated up and down the east coast. this is a live shot from delaware. we'll get a live update from the shoreline in just a moment. authorities say new york city and long island could get the worst of the storm surge. sea water could rise up to 11 feet. the damage from sandy was on display hundreds of feet above manhattan today. you're seeing a youtube video of a crane collapsing on the 57th street high-rise. city officials say workers would not be able to access the crane to keep it from falling.
ire reason making -- irene. we made the call in advance to let customers know the storm is coming. you had to be under a rock to not know it was coming but if you hear the company saying something is coming, we are ready. you need to get ready, it himself. we did that to a few special needs customers. we have lists of customers who are certified to have medical problems that require electricity for equipment. we did that three days in a row. >> thank you, rob. >> we will see what happens. everybody stay safe. >> now to sarah caldwell to check the roads. we have some ponding going on? >> you are right. we are continuing to monitor the situation as the rain comes in and winds get heavier. we will see what happens in terms of downed trees and power lanes. for now we're dealing with wet roads for the most part. we have one accident of note southbound 95 in harford county just past 152 for mountain road exit. not a lot of delays because there are very few cars on the roads. we currently you from going out. at 53 on the northwest side. beltway, nothing major in traffic to the airport becau
. how does that compare to irene. >> we had first put out the call for about 1,000 workers. we now have a call for 3,000. overhead linemen and tree contractors. we have about 1,600 here or en route as far away as new mexico or oklahoma. we are staging them. we are doubling down on the resources given the magnitude of what we expect. >> you have to compete with other states. we have new jersey, delaware. >> we are competing with other states and canada to be honest with you. the states to the west are holding their crews because of the fear of the snow warnings. the ones to the south have held a bit. hopefully they will release theirs and we will pull from them. we have the crews in place now to start working. in about an hour they will hit the street. you will see trucks and meter reader vehicles that will not be reading meters but will be patrolling the area. you may see them sitting hunker the down but when the bonds come through and it is clear they will restore power. >> i know it is hard to answer this but with 3,000 personnel in last time during the durecho people were out of powe
with irene. this may be worse. >> the time to prepare is now over. people need to now stay inside and hunker down. emergency officials in new jersey said, "this is the worst case scenario ago they are predicting record flooding and power outages that could last as much as two weeks. >> daniel, thank you. the time, 9:10. more hurricane sandy coverage coming up, including a check on the roads and bridges. >> we will also be checking on the right -- on the aerial -- area roads if you do have to travel. that is next. >> here is a live look from virginia beach. a photographer brian off the lens. it is looking nasty there. this is an ocean city. coming right back. >> time to take a look at the morning commute. it is a busy one, as you might imagine. if you do not have to be on the russ, we discourage you from going out there. outlook -- some good news to report on that accident. that is gone. we have some downed wires, and that of course could create some power outages. we will let you know if be here of anything. river parkway, at 175, we had a defective traffic lights. near the intersections --
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